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Senior Men Exit Championship
Aug. 22, 2018
Report taken from Fermanagh Club All Star Facebook Page
Senior Championship Quarter Final – Ederney 3-15 v 1-10 Belcoo
Ederney St Josephs powered into the Senior Championship semi-finals with an impressive display that saw them hit Belcoo for 3-15. From the early stages they assumed control of this tie and whilst Belcoo never shied away from the challenge and battled gamely throughout, they could not contain a dynamic Ederney side that could have a major say in the destination of the New York Gold Cup.
The winners made a great start, with 3 early points settling them into the contest. Ryan Morris made no mistake with his first two opportunities at splitting the posts and Mark McCauley knocked over a free to get his tally for the day up and running. Belcoo opened their account through a well taken Philly Leonard score but any hint of a revival was stopped in its tracks as Ederney swooped for their first goal of the game. Neat approach play found Paul McCusker, who left his marker trailing before delivering a cool finish to the net.
Ederney were dominating the possession stakes, with a serious desire to win breaking ball giving them ample opportunity to attack the overworked Belcoo rearguard. Morris notched his third point from play with an excellent score from distance before wing half back Aaron Dennison made a great run to get on the end of another Ederney attack to tap over and open up a 7 point gap.
The ever reliable Paul McGrath would get Belcoo a second point from a placed ball before Ederney hit another great score, Ryan Morris with his fourth of the game, after enterprising play by corner back Manus Maguire created the opening. Belcoo corner forward Aaron Dolan struck a lovely score to reduce the arrears to 6 but that was as good as it got as McCusker netted his second of the day, a blistering run followed by a well taken near post finish that gave keeper Doherty no chance.
Further points from play by the McCusker brothers Paul and Declan opened up an 11 point lead which Belcoo temporarily cancelled out with another Paul McGrath free before Captain Chris Snow converted a ’45 to end first half proceedings and leave the Ederney men with a very commanding lead.
Half time: Belcoo 0-4 Ederney 2-9
Belcoo weren’t giving up however and came out fighting in the second half. Johnny Feeley, on his welcome return from injury, forced his way through the Ederney defence and found the back of the net. A McCauley point in reply settled Ederney back into their task before Belcoo almost got a second 3 pointer, Gerard McHugh seeing his shot diverted away by Enda Ferris, who had a very assured performance in goals. Belcoo net minder Gary Doherty converted the resultant ’45 before midfielder Brian Cox nailed a good point to reduce the arrears to 7.
Declan McCusker and Johnny Feeley exchanged points for their respective sides Mark McCauley hit his third and fourth points of the day to ensure the Ederney lead would not dwindle any further. Belcoo had Doherty to thank for a good save with his feet denying promising Ederney youngster Sean Cassidy and whilst frees from Feeley and McGrath brought the Belcoo tally to 1-9, Ederney had racked up 2-15 on the board, Dennison taking a second point of the day in an impressive outing.
Sean Cassidy would add gloss to the score line with a third goal for his side, finding himself in acres of space and taking his time to slot past Doherty. A fine score from Feeley brought the contest to an end and it is Ederney who march on with a fair degree of optimism for what lies ahead. All is not lost for Belcoo this season however, as they now turn their attention to preserving their senior status and a tilt at gaining promotion back to Division 1.
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